Must We Be Baptized For The Forgiveness Of Our
In the second chapter of Acts, Peter had convicted the
people there of having killed the Son of God. In verse 37 their question
was, "Men and brethren what shall we do?" In verse 38 (KJV),
"Then Peter said unto them, repent and be baptized everyone of
you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins."
Here people were told to repent and be baptized for the remission of their
sins. Only when we submit to baptism as the Lord has commanded, that
is for the remission of sins to be saved, do we show our faith in the
Lord. Only then will He save us.
Man today has a sin problem. It is our sins that
separate us from God. We are to repent and be baptized for the remission
of our sins. This is God's instruction on how we solve our sin problem. In
the above verse, when Peter told them to "Repent and be baptized for the remission of
sins," whatever repentance is for in that verse, baptism is for the
same reason. Repent and be baptized are joined by the coordinating
conjunction and, which joins words of equal grammatical importance.
Certainly Acts 2:38 does not teach that lost people are to repent because
they have already received forgiveness of their sins. Neither does it
teach that lost people are to be baptized because their sins are already
forgiven. Satan would like you to believe that baptism has nothing to do
with the forgiveness of your sins. Have you been baptized for the remission of your sins? Again,
the choice is yours; either believe what God has said and be saved, or
believe what men say and you will continue to be lost. We only have two choices,
and the choice that we make will have eternal consequences. But please
make the right choice.
In the book of Acts we have the account of the
conversion of the Apostle Paul. In Acts chapter 9, Paul is traveling on
the road up to Damascus to persecute Christians. The Lord appears to Paul
on the road and strikes him blind. In verse 5 he tells Paul, "I am
Jesus whom you are persecuting." In verse 6 Paul asks, "Lord
what do you want me to do? Then the Lord said to him (Paul), Arise and go
into the city, and you will be told what you must do." The
Lord did not tell Paul what he must do, but that someone in the
city would tell him what he must do. In Acts 9:9, after Paul went
into the city, "And he was three days without sight, and neither ate
nor drank." Paul was worried sick and very upset. He had just found
out that all the years in his zeal, while persecuting the Lord's church,
he had actually been persecuting the Lord. Paul was devastated and
broken-hearted in finding out that he had been wrong all these years.
Let's see now what Paul was told what he must
do. In Acts chapter 22, a man named Ananias, who was sent by the Lord,
came to Paul and miraculously restored Paul's eyesight. Notice what Paul
was told by Ananias what he must do. Acts 22:16, "And now why
are you waiting? Arise, and be baptized and wash away your sins,
calling on the name of the Lord." Paul was not saved three days
earlier while on the road to Damascus, as some people would like for us to
believe. Paul up to this point was still
lost, because he still had all his sins that needed to be washed away.
Paul still had a sin problem. Obedience to the Lord's command to be
baptized was necessary to wash away Paul's sins. At the point of baptism
every sin that we have ever committed will be taken away, if it is done for
that purpose. Have you been baptized for the purpose of having your sins
washed away? If you have not, then you still have a sin problem. You are
Paul was not told "to pray the sinners prayer and
ask Jesus to come into his heart in order to be saved." This is
foreign to the scripture. You cannot find anywhere in the Bible where
anyone was ever told to do this. Since God in the Bible has never told
anyone "To pray and ask Jesus to come into your heart in order to be
saved", who else but men could have come up with such an idea?
Forgiveness occurs in the mind of God and not on the basis of man's
feeling in his heart. Only when we have done what God has said that
we must do, will God forgive our sins. We cannot devise our own plan
as to how our sins are to be forgiven.
Do not misunderstand. We do not "earn" our
salvation by being baptized. Salvation is a gift from God. Even though
salvation is a free gift from God, he has laid down certain conditions
upon which he will give it. One condition to receive his gift is faith:
Hebrews 11:6, "But without faith it is impossible to please
Him." Another condition of his free gift is repentance: Luke 13:3,
"Unless you repent you will all likewise perish." Another
condition is baptism: Mark 16:16, "He who believes and is
will be saved." Still another condition is living a faithful
Christian life: Revelation 2:10, "Be faithful until death, and I will
give you the crown of life." The conditions include doing all
"the will of the Father," Matthew 7:21. These are God's
conditions. Believing in God and Christ with all our heart, repenting of
all our sins, confessing Christ and being baptized are all equally
important to our salvation. If any of these are lacking, then we will
not be saved. You can't have one without the others.
There is nothing that we can do to merit salvation.
Whether it be believing in Jesus or being baptized, we can never "earn our
salvation". The only way we can show our faith in Christ is if we are
willing to accept and obey what He says. But it is in baptism that God has chosen to impart his
wonderful grace of salvation to us as a willing believer.
According to the Bible, it is
at the point of baptism, that we pass from an unsaved state into a saved
state. In other words, at the time of baptism, we go from being unsaved to
being saved. We read in I Peter 3:21 (KJV), "The like figure
whereunto even baptism does also now save us." The Bible says
that "baptism does now also save us," but men say that
"baptism does not save us." This is very similar to the
situation of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. God in Genesis 2:17 told
them not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, "For in
the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." But Satan told Eve
in Genesis 3:4, "Then the serpent said to the woman, you will not surely
die." Satan only added the one word "not" to what
God had said and completely changed the meaning. That is what men are
doing to God's commands today. Who are you going to accept, the word of
men or the Word of God? We are told in Acts 5:29, "We ought to obey God rather than
men." On the Day of Judgment, the Bible will still say
that "baptism does also now save us." Again the choice is
yours, but it is very serious. We dare not make the wrong choice.
Questions Lesson 14
Must We Be Baptized For The Forgiveness Of Our
(click on the button of the answer of your
1) (Acts 2:38) What were these people in this verse told to do
for the remission of their sins?
Pray to God.
Repent and be baptized.
Our sins are forgiven before we repent and are baptized.
3) (Acts 22:16) What was Paul told to do to have his sins washed
Accept Christ as his personal Saviour
Only believe in Jesus.
Arise and be baptized.
Paul was baptized he still had all his sins.
5) Where can we find in the Bible that we are told to pray and ask
Jesus to come into our heart in order to be saved?
2 John 1:14.
It is not there.
We cannot find in the Bible where anyone was ever told to accept Jesus
into his heart in order to be saved.
7) (1 Peter 3:21) What does the Bible say saves us?
Our own goodness.
at the point of baptism that God has chosen to impart His wonderful grace